Friday, June 14, 2024

Oscar Snubs: Wahlberg, Affleck, Nolan, Gosling, “Superman”


It’s a great morning for most of Hollywood.

But for some who did excellent work, Champagne may be replaced by Xanax.

Snubbed in the Best Directors category: Ben Affleck for “The Town” and Christopher Nolan for “Inception.” At least the latter film got a Best Picture nod and the former a Supporting Actor nod for Jeremy Renner.

Ryan Gosling — who’s been nominated everywhere else–was knocked out of Best Actor by Javier Bardem. They are each terrific actors. It’s a heartbreaking miss for Gosling since Bardem has an Oscar. Gosling will be back again.

Also, Mark Wahlberg, who really made “The Fighter” come together and come alive–his performance is what holds that movie together. Wahlberg has also turned out to be one of Hollywood’s most interesting players as a producer and an actor. He’ll be thanked a lot on Oscar night.

Davis Guggenheim’s “Waiting for Superman” missed out entirely. It’s also won a lot of awards. It’s also the best marketed doc in years, maybe ever. What a shame. The state of the public school system needs the attention.

And Julianne Moore — her work in “The Kids Are All Right” is four star. She’s one of our best actresses. But this year was unusually crowded in Best Actress, and Annette Bening has been waiting even longer for her statue. Julianne will be back, also. Her Oscar is right around the corner.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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